Transportation updates: 5 updates on projects in south Montgomery County in August

Recent updates

1. Rayford Road expansion
The project will widen Rayford Road from four to six lanes between Lazy Lane and the Grand Parkway, construct a six-lane bridge over the Union Pacific Corp. railroad tracks, install new traffic signals and add a raised median. As of July, drainage pipe installation from the Union Pacific bridge to Brookchase was completed, and crews were completing the outside lanes from Rayford Bend to the bridge, Montgomery County Precinct 3 officials said.
Timeline: April 2017-late 2019
Cost: $53 million
Funding source: Montgomery County Precinct 3

2. Birnham Woods Drive improvements
The project to widen Birnham Woods Drive from two to four lanes north of Fuller Bluff Drive to north of Elan Boulevard was substantially complete in early August, Precinct 3 officials said. In July, crews finished median work and striping the lanes. Signal poles at the intersections of Birnham Woods and Elan Boulevard as well as Birnham Woods and Legends Run were installed and operational when the lanes opened, Precinct 3 officials said.
Timeline: September 2018-August 2019
Cost: $2.7 million
Funding source: Montgomery County Precinct 3

3. Gosling Road widening
The project to widen Gosling Road to four lanes from south of Flintridge Drive to the Village of Creekside Park is in the design phase. The project includes widening the southbound bridge over Spring Creek. Harris County Precinct 4 will oversee the joint project with Montgomery County Precinct 3.
Timeline: TBD
Cost: $4 million (Montgomery County), $5.8 million (Harris County)
Funding sources: Montgomery County Precinct 3, Harris County Precinct 4

4. FM 2978 widening
The project will widen FM 2978 from two to four lanes with a center turn lane from FM 1488 to south of Dry Creek in Phase 1 and from south of Dry Creek to Conroe-Hufsmith Road in Phase 2. The existing bridge over Spring Creek will also be widened. As of July, Phase 1 was 32% complete, and Phase 2 was 52% complete. Work on the bridge was 39% complete, according to Emily Black, a public information officer for the Texas Department of Transportation.
Timeline: September 2018-second quarter 2021 (Phase 1), January 2018-fourth quarter 2019 (Phase 2), October 2018-third quarter 2020 (bridge)
Cost: $21.3 million (Phase 1), $12.9 million (Phase 2), $7.6 million (bridge)
Funding sources: TxDOT, federal funds

Recently completed

5. Woodlands Parkway widening
Montgomery County Precinct 3 officials announced July 2 that the Woodlands Parkway widening was complete and new westbound lanes were open. The project widened the road from six to eight lanes from just west of I-45 to a half-mile west of Grogans Mill Road. It also added one thru lane in each direction and a right turn lane in each direction at intersections along that stretch, Precinct 3 officials said.
Timeline: February 2018-July 2019
Cost: $6.8 million
Funding source: Montgomery County Precinct 3

By Vanessa Holt
A resident of the Houston area since 2011, Vanessa began working in community journalism in her home state of New Jersey in 1996. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2016 as a reporter for the Spring/Klein edition and became editor of that paper in March 2017 and editor of The Woodlands edition in January 2019.


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